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Excess Hair

What is the problem of excess hair (hirsutism)?

Excess hair growth is medically termed hirsutism and it refers to a male pattern of hair growth – on the chin, above the lips (moustache area), at back, or more thickly than usual on legs and arms. In some cases hair may develop on the chest or there may be an extension of the pubic hair up to the abdomen and thighs.

The amount of body hair a woman largely depends upon her genetics and race. This problem arises due to excessive male hormones called androgens, usually testosterone. With an appropriate combination of self-care and clinical treatments, women can effectively treat the problem of excess hair.

What are the symptoms of this condition?

The excess hair that develops because of hirsutism is stiff and pigmented. Hair can start to develop on body parts where women do not normally have hair – face, back and chest. While the growth of these hair is an obvious sign, at times there may be other symptoms because of high levels of androgen. These include:

  • Acne flares
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Deepening of voice
  • Balding

What causes excess hair?

With the onset of puberty, there is production of both female and male hormones in a girl. Due to this, hair growth starts in the armpits and in pubic region. This growth becomes excessive if the hormonal balance is disturbed and there is overproduction of male sex hormones or androgens.

The problem of excess hair may be caused by Cushing’s syndrome that occurs when the body is exposed to high level of cortisol hormone. Another cause is congenital adrenal hyperplasia which is an inherited condition characterized by overproduction of steroid hormones by the adrenal glands.

In some rare cases hirsutism develops an androgen secreting tumour in the ovaries or adrenal glands. The intake of some medicines can also disturb the normal process and cause excess hair in women.

Am I at risk of having excess hair?

The factors that affect the chances of developing excess hair include:

  • Family History - this problem usually runs in the families
  • Race and Ethnicity - women from communities in South Asia, Middle East and Mediterranean regions have this problem more often than others
Excess hair on face, neck, chest, back and other parts of body can be very distressing for women and makes them self-conscious.

How to prevent this condition?

Hirsutism or the condition of excess hair is not preventable but if it was triggered by the intake of some medications such as anabolic steroids, progestins, you should report the problem to your doctor and seek an alternative or remedy.

Treatment at Skin Alive

There are several treatments available for removal of excess hair. These include plucking, shaving, waxing and over-the-counter hair removal (depilatory) creams. Some women choose electric hair removers that remove hair by a combination of cut and pull. For facial hair, bleaching to make the hair colour lighter, is an alternative to removal. But the results that these procedures provide are short term and therefore they need to be used frequently to eliminate the hair that grows back that within 15-20 days or faster.

Sometimes doctors recommend anti-androgen drugs to treat the problem of excess hair. However, these are not prescribed for women who are considering pregnancy as they can cause birth defects.

Certain topical prescription creams are available specifically for excessive growth of facial hair. But these can only slow down the growth of new hair and not remove the existing hair.

At Skin Alive you get skin and hair treatments that give pleasing, safe and long lasting results. For removal of excess hair we have modern laser treatments that help you get rid of excess hair from face, neck, arm pits, chest, back, bikini line and legs. The system that we use for hair removal includes:

Nd:YAG Long Pulse - This is particularly suitable for removing the dark brown or black hair that Indians have. While this is a painless therapy, we have topical anaesthetics to make it more comfortable for our patients. You just feel a warm stinging sensation as the laser beam penetrates the hair follicle. As the hair follicles are heated and destroyed beneath the skin, a special sapphire window cools its surface to minimise the stinging feel. The number of sittings required depends upon the severity of your condition and the different parts from which hair need to be removed. In a course of five to eight treatments, most patients see a marked reduction in hair growth.

Soprano Laser - Soprano has an 810-nm diode laser technology and the beam emitted by this system penetrates deep into the dermis to damage the hair follicle and prevent re-growth. It delivers high average power and a rapid 10 pulse-per-second repetition rate. The laser is suitable for all skin types and is used to remove all hair from arms, underarms, legs, buttocks, back, bikini line and even groin area. The uniform delivery of energy spots are not skipped while eliminating hair from any part.

Your Appointment

With our professional and medically approved approach for hair removal, we give you a safe and effective remedy against the problem of excess hair. Your consultation session for hair removal at our centres involves the evaluation of your condition by a specialist dermatologist. And we ensure that all your questions are satisfactorily answered before any treatment is started. We have a variety of laser technologies and the treatment is tailored to your skin type and colour/texture of your hair.

Skin Alive knows that you need a safe and high technology solution for the age-old problem of excessive hair. Our team offers the treatment that you can trust and the results that you will admire.

Call us on +91-8527622991 to book your appointment.

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